Thompson strikes in clutch anew as Ginebra goes 2-0 up vs. Parks-less TNT

Thompson strikes in clutch anew as Ginebra goes 2-0 up vs. Parks-less TNT

Stanley Pringle carried the fight for Ginebra before clutch shots sealed the win. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--TNT showed heart even without Ray-Ray Parks and came close to tying the PBA Finals against Ginebra.

But Scottie Thompson once again proved that he too has the will to win.

Thompson came up with another huge clutch moment as the Barangay took down the Tropang Giga, 92-90, on Wednesday night at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center to take a 2-0 lead in the championship series.

Thompson, who sent Ginebra to the finals with a game winning triple in Game 5 of its semifinal clash with Meralco, dropped another go ahead three pointer with 30 seconds left to eventually give his team the win.

The trey highlighted the game deciding 13-1 run that completed the Barangay's comeback from a seven-point deficit with a little over four minutes left before both teams exchanged baskets in the end.

Thompson's game winner turned out to be his only points in Game 2 as he made up for an off night in which he was 0-for-4 from the field prior to the shot and committed six turnovers, although his rebounding prowess was still there with nine boards alongside three assists and two steals.

Stanley Pringle fired 34 points with six rebounds, eight dimes, and one steal to lead Ginebra, which is now halfway into clinching the best-of-seven series.

Aljon Mariano added 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, nine rebounds, and one assist off the bench.

RR Pogoy, who started the season with a 45-point bomb, flirted with a 40 anew, making 38 on 13-of-22 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, and three steals, but the performance fell through deaf ears as TNT dearly missed Parks, who sat out the game due to a calf strain.

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